This episode would take our cameras on the water, which required
the use of two boats. The first was the speed boat needed for
Bo to ride in to troll the bait. The second was a pontoon boat,
not seen in the episode, but was the base of operations and
was a stable platform to film from.
the adventure was to take place in the ocean, we decided to
film on a large lake, but this presented the problem of nearby
shorelines in the shots. In order to deal with this setback,
all of the shorelines would have to be removed in post production
to give the illusion of water continuing to the horizon.
was that done? Because many of the shots were moving, the horizon
was not always level and pitched from frame to frame. This required
us to frame by frame animate black mattes to match the movement
of the horizon in the shot. Once created, the original skyline
above the trees was able to be layed under and shifted down
to the waterline, thus giving the illusion the sky began at
also constructed a shark fin, sculpted in foam and finished
in fiberglass. When properly weighted, we were pleasantly surprised
at how well it performed. It was actually a little chilling
to see the fin dart, dash, submerge and surface on its own behind
the small boat.